One of the most controversial teaching tools I can think of is television. For the most part, studies point to it’s detrimental value and how it has corrupted young minds. While I do not contest that, I still would like to think TV can be a good venue for learning, especially when augmented with activities that broaden the lessons being taught. Further, learning is not limited to wathcing educational or informational channels, such as National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. I think what is key when using television as a medium for learning is making sure one monitors or picks the right shows to watch.
Growing up, my mom was not very strict with me when it came to television. For the most part, she allowed me to watch as much as I wanted, as long as my homework was done. She also was not very limiting, although she had guidelines about what I could and could not watch. For me, I think she was quite effective. However, comparatively, I noticed that some of my young students are exposed to much more questionable content as I was back then. Here are some suggestions I can think of as a teacher to make sure kids are getting more of the good than the bad from television:
1. No TV during mealtimes. I think that while the TV helps keep kids seated long enough to finish their food, it sets a bad precedent that lasts almost a lifetime.
2. TV does not belong in the bedroom, especially their bedroom.
3. Watch TV together. TV time can be a form of bonding, then afterwards, do a follow-up activity related to the show you watched. For example, when watching the show Art Attack (or similar shows), why not actually do the project afterwards?
As a whole, the advent of the television can be a slippery slope to take. However, like anything else, when done in moderation, it can be a good thing.Read More
There’s a chill in the air nowadays, and it’s not because of Christmas cheer. As the world welcomed December, I watched in horror as the Grinch swooped down and stole Christmas.
Clad in an aqua pantsuit, she held it up, beaming as she did, that slip of paper that marked the beginning of the end of Philippine Politics as we know it. From up in her pedestal, she seemed to have seen the joyous revelry the people were having as gladiators dressed in yellows, oranges, and greens came marching down to stake claim for the future of the land. All were ready for the battle ahead. At last, the people thought, a ray of hope for a better tomorrow. As for me, I heaved a sigh of relief that at least she was done.
Then she descended and held on tight, to a seat that should no longer rightfully be hers. But like the Grinch who stole Christmas from Who-ville, she took it all away.In almost 9 whole years, she allegedly lied, cheated and stole, and yet this was not enough to satiate her soul. She may be giving up the presidency, but like a leech, she still clings on to the powers that be. With her head held high and claims of righteousness of her DNA, she proclaimed her call for public service. And there went Christmas, hope, cheer and all.
But like the people in Who-ville we will not be swayed: the Grinch may have stole Christmas, but we will all have our say come that fateful day in May. I may not be her cabalen, nor do I have the capacity to cast my vote in that corner of the world, but I will make it a point to make my voice heard: no, I say. That’s enough. It may not be much, but I’ll do it time and again, and pray that those who can make the choice will make it right.Read More